Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Monday, March 13, 2006

The Great Galactic Ghoul

When the ancient cartographers drew their maps, on large areas of the planet were unknown regions. The more educated map makers would sketch either “terra incognito” or “oceanus incognito” on the areas where there was no information. But the more superstitious ones would sketch the words, “here be dragons”.

Of course, we dismiss such notions and we know much more about our planet. But the vast regions of space give us a 21st century analog. We have lost many spacecraft trying to navigate between planets, and when they disappear, we label our space charts, “here be the Great Galactic Ghoul”.

But before I repeat an already excellent article by my favorite space reporter, Jim Oberg, just click here. It is a really fantastic read from one of Quantum Limit’s sponsors, MSNBC – don’t miss it!